Children and young adults with thalassemia need comprehensive multidisciplinary input for optimal management in view of multiorgan involvement. The ideal way to provide this is in the format of a joint multidisciplinary clinic.
To improve the quality of life of people living with this condition, this clinic will give them access to all specialties in a timely and effective manner
On the occasion of the International Thalassemia Day, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals is launching a special Thalassemia Clinic.
Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Director Medical, Apollo Hospitals, and leading Pediatric Gastroenterologist, said, ‘Considering the scarcity of comprehensive care for Thalassemics under one roof, we envision to provide best of care to these patients, so as to help them live a fuller and healthy life. Apollo Hospitals has launched this clinic to benefit the patients knowing it is a chronic life-long condition. The clinic will not only offer Apollo’s expertise to Thalassemics but the same care in an economical package in a single consultation.
Apollo with this clinic will be able to cater to the entire spectrum of medical needs of Thalassemics from sub-specialty consultation,
High end diagnostic tests and periodic transfusion in a dedicated facility. To complete the service offering Bone Marrow Transplantation is also available for suitable candidates as a curative option.
The Blood Bank service at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals is one of the biggest advantages for thalassemics in terms of the quality and safety of blood. Since the inception, all blood products have been screened for Hepatitis C in addition to Hepatitis B, much before it was legally required to do so. Two years ago, we moved to NAT testing which is much more sensitive and further minimize the risk of acquired viral infections. The blood is also tested for Malaria antigen routinely.’
Dr Sibal added, ‘The Thalassemia Clinic is a first in a series of Apollo Specialty Clinics which will provide a unique service offering of bring Clinical Expertise of all required specialties under one consultation and bring all requisite investigations and diagnostics for such specialized clinics to our patients.
Other clinics that are in the pipeline are the Allergy Clinic to identify and manage debilitating allergic conditions, Geriatric Clinic to serve our elderly population in a comprehensive manner, Leg Pain Clinic which shall treat conditions like varicose (tortuous & dilated) leg veins, Stasis ulcer and deep vein thrombosis, Pain Clinic to alleviate both acute and chronic pain from our patients lives and Metabolic Disorder Clinic to manage a variety of conditions leading to multiple problems in children and adults.
The aim of these clinics is to raise the bar of specialized care in our country and provide a wholesome service to the society, after all Apollo Hospitals has been the architect of healthcare in India.’
Dr Amita Mahajan, Senior Consultant, Pediatric- Hematology, stated that the clinic will run every Thursday between 3-5 pm to start and would provide consultation to every patient by a Multi-disciplinary team which would include a Pediatric Hematologist, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Cardiologist, Endocrinologist and Psychologist. The clinic will provide an efficient single consultation with all the doctors looking into every case together.
This will ensure a complete management of Thalassemia as well the complications arising due to this blood disorder involving spleen, liver, endocrine system and the heart.